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Men's Soccer - Mon, Sep. 20, 2010
(Detroit, Mich.) The men's soccer team pulled to .500 on the year in a 3 - 0 victory over the Mustangs of Marygrove in a non-conference match-up Monday evening.
Three goals in the first half proved to be enough for the victory and the Saints held on to their second straight shut-out behind senior goalkeeper Damian Marciniak (Michigan City, Ind.). Marciniak saved 7 in 90 minutes of action.
Holy Cross dominated the first half outshooting the Mustangs 15 - 1 and forcing 4 corner kicks. Junior midfielder Robert Campos (Elkhart, Ind.) starting the scoring for the Saints in the 16th minute on an unassisted goal. It was Campos' second goal in as many games and third of the season.
Oswaldo Garrido (Elkhart, Ind.) put the Saints up two in the 21st minute on a second chance goal and his team leading 4th of the year. Nikolas Jelicic (Ontario, Canada) burried a penalty kick in the 38th minute after a Marygrove player was called for a handball in the penalty box.
The Mustangs put the pressure on in the second half producing 13 shots to the Saints 6, but Marciniak recorded 6 of his 7 saves in the second half to preserve the shut-out.
"We played a near flawless first half tonight," said Head Coach Dustan Harley. "This team is really coming together at the right time as we move into conference play on Saturday.  I am very proud of the progress these guys have made in the past two weeks."
The Saints open Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference (CCAC) play this Saturday at 3pm at Trinity International University. The Trojans are currently 3 - 3 - 1 on the year.